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Working Through Child Visitation Issues

Posted on in Child Custody

visitation, child custody, Illinois Family LawyerThere is no question that it is very difficult for a single parent to raise a child. If you have been granted sole custody of your child, you understand exactly how hard it can be. You also probably realize the challenge of working with your child’s other parent over his or her rights to visitation. Despite the difficulties, however, it is in the best interest of most children to have an active, healthy relationship with both parents, regardless of the custody situation.

Visitation Rights in Illinois

Illinois law states that any non-custodial parent is entitled to the right of reasonable visitation with his or her child, without regard to the relationship between the parents. There is no set standard for what the law considers reasonable visitation, so each situation must be addressed on an individual basis, in light of the child’s best interest. A parent’s visitation rights may be limited and, in rare cases, terminated, but only if evidence exists that the child’s physical, mental, emotional, or moral well-being is seriously endangered.

Addressing Potential Problems

As the custodial parent, you will certainly have a great deal of input as to what is considered reasonable for your child’s situation. However, it is important to avoid taking action without the approval of the court. If you and the non-custodial parent unable to get along, using access to your child as leverage can lead to serious legal problems and emotional issues for your child. Instead, when actions of the other parent create cause for concern regarding your child’s well-being, address the actions directly, and if necessary, notify the court.

Many disagreements can be worked about between parents without the relationship with the child being affected. Those that cannot may be addressed by the court, and if endangerment exists, you and the other parent may need to modify your approach to visitation. Such modifications may include supervised visits, visits in the custodial parent’s home, transitioning the child between parents in a public place, or the prohibition of overnight visits.

As with most situations related to the care of your child, maintaining the ability communicate with the other parent, when possible, can help create best environment for your child to thrive. It is not always easy, but family and parenting experts agree that reducing stress and confusion for your child is certainly worth the extra effort.

If you would like to know more about Illinois visitation laws and how they may apply to your situation, contact an experienced Arlington Heights family law attorney. Our team understands the challenges facing parents and is equipped to help answer your questions. Call today to set up your initial consultation.

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